Leaves of sphaeralcea parvifolia
may be undivided, or shallowly divided into three or five lobes. Leaf edges are irregular, usually wrinkled or toothed. Leaves are heart-shaped at the base. Leaves are grey-green in color, while the stems are grey or whitish; both are covered by star-shaped hairs. Stems grow vertically upwards, generally about two feet tall. Plants inhabit dry, semi-desert locations and can produce dozens of stems, each bearing several dozen flowers; they are abundant in many areas.
The symmetric, cup-shaped flowers have five partly overlapping, reddish-orange petals enclosing a group of pistils and stamens, these latter with white filaments and yellow anthers. The five sepals are ovate to lanceolate, pointed at the tip.